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Smoke Signals

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Smoke Signals

In this age of tweets and twitter
Or the Oscar envelope,
It’s really strange the way we learn
They’ve chosen a new Pope.

A chimney in the Vatican,
Where ballots have been burned,
Sends smoke up as a signal
To all Catholics concerned.

The smoke may be quite black, which means
They haven’t yet decided.
Perhaps the Cardinals inside
Are stuck or else divided.

But when they’ve reached a verdict
Then the smoke is white and pure,
To let the waiting populace
Know that they’re really sure.

I guess with some traditions
The old-fashioned way is best
And with that white smoke billowing,
All doubts were put to rest.

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  1. Date: 3/16/2013 12:32:00 AM
    Being catholic myself, this poem had a profound effect on me. I actually saw the change from grey to white smoke and it was amazing.Your poem has captured this tradition so beautifully. I was truly blessed to read it Pam x

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 3:34:00 PM
    Some of your current topical pieces should really be read on the morning news/talk shows. Well done. :)

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 3:03:00 PM
    I like the old fashion ways when it comes to twitters, tweets, and what- too busy of a society we live in. I loved your poem. Nicely done Ilene. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 10:57:00 PM
    I didn't know of this ritual. Very interesting, Ilene. What a coincidence today two nuns starting taking ESL classes at our little school!

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 6:39:00 PM
    Well certain doubts ;) i still wonder why the last Pope said UNCLE!? The situation had to be pretty dern bad for him to do that? Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 5:22:00 PM
    We need more of the old traditions...cute poem...